a tourist creates controversy by swaying her hips on a Mayan temple

The ascent of the Kukulkán pyramid has been prohibited since 2008 (photo illustration). Mario Pinta – stock.adobe.com

The 29-year-old Spaniard created controversy by defying the ban on climbing a sacred monument in Chichen Itza, Yucatán.

She just wanted to amuse her followers on TikTok. A 29-year-old Spanish tourist has created controversy in the Mexico earlier this week for climbing the temple of Chichen Itza, an ancient Mayan city in Yucatan classified by Unesco, and having filmed herself dancing at its summit. However, the ascent of the monument has been prohibited since 2008 to avoid its degradation.

A behavior that outraged the other visitors present at the same time on this sacred archaeological site. “Several tourists started throwing water at her, pushing her and pulling her hair“, writes the daily El País . According to the National Institute of Anthropology, site manager, no damage was to be deplored on the monument. The tourist gets away with a fine of 5,000 pesos, or about 250 €, indicates the local daily Diario of Yucatan . Far from the 2500 to 5000 € penalty provided for in this case by the federal law on monuments.

With 2.1 million visitors since the beginning of 2022, the archaeological zone of Chichén Itzá is the most visited in Mexico ahead of that of Teotihuacan, in the State of Mexico, according to theNational Institute of Anthropology and History. This ancient Mayan city was voted in 2007 as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Its pyramid of Kukulcán, 30 meters high and 68 meters wide, was built between the 9th and 12th centuries.

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